Best Adult kick scooters – a complete Rider guide

by Dec 14, 2022 | First published in 2018Kicking the States, Scoot the Loop

When I thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I never imagined that I might become an expert in adult kick scooters! Unintentionally I should add. I’ve done 2 long-distance kick-scooter challenges –  the first was Scoot the Loop, a 150 miles 5-day kick scoot on the London Loop trail. Then in 2018, I took that to the next level with Kicking the States – kick scooting for 3 months covering 1,750 miles the full length of the USA.

In the process of preparing for and doing these adventures, I spent a lot of time researching and understanding everything there is to know about kick scooters for adults (sometimes also called push scooters). Which are the best models. The advantages and disadvantages. Cheap and expensive. How far they can comfortably carry you.

I put it all into this free guide.

Adult kick scooters

kick scooters for adults commuting

Before we start…

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Riding adult Kick scooters: pros and cons


  • As they are not officially defined as a bike, in most cases, you can scoot on either the road or pavement
  • They are beyond fun going downhill
  • There is no skill to riding them, you just kick
  • They’re lightweight and easy to move around and transport


  • They are rubbish going uphill (you have to get off and push)
  • You are stood up on your feet which is more tiring than being sat on a bike
  • They are slower than a bike and not so flexible with working on different terrains
  • There are few storage options
  • People think you are weird for owning one if over the age of 15
adult kick scooter

How fit do you need to be to ride a kick scooter?

Honestly, not very fit. Especially because it’s quite easy to take things at a leisurely pace on a scooter.

Unlike a bit where you need to get your bum and legs used to using muscles, I found that kick-scooting was using muscle memory that already existed. I think it’s a similar movement to going upstairs or doing a lunge.

Riding kick scooters are ideal for taking short journeys – popping to the shops or commuting to and from work that is not too far away. But they can also be used for longer journeys.

When we did Kicking the States we were traveling about 50km (30 miles) a day on our scooters. This would take us about 5-6 hours of scooting to cover this distance. On our biggest day, we covered 80km (50 miles).

The areas that got sore after a lot of kick scooting were the legs (particularly the knees) and lower back. After a long day of scooting these areas would be achy. And also my hands – if there was a lot of downhill the heavy breaking took a fair bit of work.

I think the biggest downfall is that all the scooters I tried came up a bit short for me. I’m 5″9 so fairly tall. While most of the adult kick-scooters are adjustable, even on the highest setting I crouch a bit. While this isn’t ideal, for most short journeys – say if you were looking for an adult kick scooter for a 20min commute – you wouldn’t really notice this.

Best kick scooters for adults

What are the best adult kick scooters?

There isn’t a huge range of adult kick-scooters available so your options are limited. You’ll notice that they vary greatly in cost from £70 all the way up to £2,000.

Best cheap adult kick scooter

If your budget is limited and you want cheap and cheerful, then your best option is going to be either the Razor Commuter Scooter (£77 / $89) or a WeSkate Adult Scooter (£70 / $70).

Both of these scooters have similar features. Adjustable handlebars that reach a good height. The wheels are small and plastic and the brakes are a simple back break (fine for little hills but would be dangerous on anything too big).

Their biggest selling feature is that they fold in half. Once you’ve collapsed the handlebars this then makes them very compact and easy to carry. Great for commuters and taken on public transportation.

Design-wise these scooters are basic. You will feel every bump and have little control if moving at speed – they aren’t going to be super comfy to ride. The lifeline on a basic cheap scooter like this isn’t going to be long but they are ideal for quick, easy, and short journeys.

Max load: 100kg

Best big-wheel adult kick scooter

This is a good kick-scooter for heavy adults or if you are planning to use the kick-scooter on rough terrain (ie, off-road).

The best option for adult scooters with big wheels is without doubt Gravity Scooters. They have a huge range of scooters varying from £450 (their cheapest make is the Urban black) all the way up to £2,000.

We used these scooters on our Scoot the Loop challenge which was predominantly off-road scooting. They have big rubber wheels (a larger wheel at the front, smaller at the back). A front and back handle-bar brake system. And great suspension – including a higher foot stand to make your clearance better than on most adult kick scooters. Some models come with a dual suspension.

These scooters are built for speed and to last Gravity Scooters can be adapted for mushing (being pulled along by dogs).

Their biggest downfall is the fact that they are large and heavy to lug around and also that they are one of the lowest scooters in terms of height.

Max load: 150kg

Best kick scooters for adults commuting

Swifty Scooters are considered the best kick scooters for adults commuting, especially in the UK where you’ll see them being used around London or ridden by celebrities.  Swifty Scooters are not cheap, with a starting price of £500. There is no doubt what you are paying for – style.

Swifty Scooters look nice. They are lightweight and have attractive finishing touches like cork handlebars. Rear and front handle-bar breaks. Some of their models also fold down. The folding mechanism is simple but not as small as a Razor or WeSkate but enough to make it functional as a kick scooter for adults commuting.

Their biggest downfall? For me, they aren’t sturdy enough to justify the price tag. While they look great, the quality is lacking a bit for me. I tried out a Swifty Scooter for a day of riding and had to fix the breaks after just a few hours in.

Max load:

This brings me nicely to my next option and most favorite adult kick scooter on the market…..

Best motor scooters for adults

**MOST recommended** Best all-around adult kick scooter

Yedoo!!! After trying all our different options we settled on using a Yedoo scooter for our epic Kicking the States challenge. And these scooters did not disappoint!

Starting at £280 these scooters offer a good mid-range option. Yet for me are by far the best quality and most comfortable to ride. Although they offer big-wheel adult scooter options, we opted for a Friday Scooter – which was a good balance for lightweight urban scooting while also having the power to take us up and down large hills.

Scooting on a Yedoo felt effortless and offered a smooth ride. They come with suspension. Rear and front braking. And 16″ rubber tires front and back and rubber handles. The only restriction with the Yedoo is the limited adjustment on the height.

Max load: 150kg

kick scooter commuting

Best motor scooters for adults

Adult electric scooters (also called adult motor scooters or simply e-scooters) are starting to rise in popularity. Especially since companies like Bird in Los Angels started installing electric scooters that people can hire to get around the city.

They aren’t quite as practical as a regular kick-scooter. You need to weigh up charge time, additional weight that the motor adds, and also the additional restrictions you’ll have as you’re now traveling at speed.

Here are some of the best motor scooters or E-scooters for adults on the market:

  • Best budget option for a cheap motor adult scooter: Magicelec
    For its price (ranges between £200-300) this scooter is perfect for short journeys. With a max speed of 20km and foldable features, it’s ideal for an electric commuter scooter.
  • Best e-kick scooters for heavy adults or off-road: Gravity E-Scooters
    Sturdy, comfortable, and with large wheels. A gravity E-scooter will work on most terrains, including steep off-road downhills. Max speed 25km
  • Best for multi-use: Swifty scooter motor kit
    An electric kit will set you back £800 but this can be added to any scooter with the correct front forks width for the 100mm hub motor. You can travel up to 10 miles on one charge.

Kick scooter pannier & bag options

One of the biggest downfalls of a kick-scooter is not having the space for storage as you would do with a regular bike. Of course, you can carry your bag on your back. But this isn’t always comfortable.

For both my kick-scooter challenges I adapted the scooters so that I could add a waterproof pannier to help carry some of my gear. Here are your options:

#1 Single pannier on the front

For Kicking the States we traveled super lightweight. We modified our handlebar to add a pole so a 17L bike pannier could slot onto the front (see more pictures here). This worked amazingly.

It was so easy getting the pannier on and off and surprisingly it didn’t affect the balance of the scooter. In fact, the extra weight made steering a little bit more stable. The pannier just slots on and off so is easy to take off when you stop for a coffee or arrive somewhere.

Commuter scooter
Kick scooters for heavy adults

#2 Double Pannier over the front wheel

This only works if you have a large front wheel. You can attach a back pannier support to the front and hang small panniers on both sides. This gives you more storage and also didn’t interfere with steering although it makes the Scooter wider.

kick scooter touring

#3 Platform on the back and front

This is how Dave Cornthwaite set up his scooter for his Japan scooter trip. Swifty Scooters modified a platform on the back and front which you can then put a bag on top. I can’t comment on how this affects the scooting although I personally felt like the back platform might get in the way when your foot kicks back.

kcik scooter pannier

#4 Bag on the front handlebar

Again I’ve not tried this but I found a guy who toured the Caribbean on a Razor and attached a bag to the front handlebar. It looks nuts but he did 1000km so it must’ve worked!

Essential adult kick-scooter accessories

  • A helmet is a necessary bit of safety kick (here’s the one I use)!
  • If you do opt to find a storage solution, I can’t recommend OverBoard and their waterproof panniers enough
  • Lights will allow you to kick-scoot at night safely. There’s no way to attach a light to the back of the scooter so we opted for a Topside helmet light which was a brilliant bit of kit. It omits an impressive beam and is rechargeable.
  • A water bottle can be attached to the front of the handlebars for easy access. Alternatively, you can use a Source hydration backpack which is better for carrying larger amounts of water with you
Overboard Panniers

WHAT Insurers DID I USe?

If you intend to go abroad or do a kick-scooter trip you will want insurance – one that covers cycling activities (which kick-scooters will come under)

For insurance, I used World Nomads (I always do!) which cover a lot of adventure activities and have been great at dealing with any claims. You can get a quote with World Nomads using this link.

Get inspired by other adult kick scooter-ers!

To give you some inspiration, here are adventures people have made on adult kick scooters:

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  1. nishtha chopra

    Hey, really enjoyed reading your post. Do you have any recommendations for hybrid scooters (combination of e-scooter and manual) ? I would like to cover about 10km regularly. Manual-all terrane scooters are great for long distances but they are heavy to carry uphill whereas for e-scooters, I am wary of battery life (charging and travel time). A machine with both functionality i.e. sturdiness of manual (<10kg) and motor power of e-scooter(minimum battery life of about 40mins) would be a good option.

    • Bex Band

      Thanks! Check out Yedoo (better of the 2 options) and Swifty scooters. As both of this have battery attachments to their regular scooters they are hybrids and work well with or without.

    • Ricardl

      Zumaround is the only true hybrid scooter I’ve found. Do you know of any others?

  2. Nick

    hey, Thanks for a wonderful article. I am 20 years old and 80 kg. Now I want to buy a razor A5 lux scooter. I listened it is the best kick scooter. I always like riding on uphill. Does this scooter is perfect for me? Or can you suggest me a best scooter for my travel?

  3. Thelma A McCreery

    how to remove speed limit in ms energy neutron n3 ??? max its 25 how to get speed to 28 or 30 kmh ???? help all plz

    • Bex Band

      No idea!!!

  4. SH

    Great post. I’m really interested in the Yedoo Friday scooter. Been riding xootr for over 15 years. I wish the roads were better by me. Xootr is best ridden on smooth asphalt.
    Question. Do you find the Yedoo Friday deck easy to ride from over distances?

    • Bex Band

      I used my Yedoo to travel the length of the States from Canada to Mexico with realitive ease. It’s a really brilliant scooter and I got into the rhythm of riding it with no problems 🙂

    • Ondrej Postulka

      Hi if you like to you ca join our kick scooter community in uk
      You can find our group at FB “kick scooters in UK “

      Thank you Ondre

      • Bex Band

        I’d love to join!

  5. Phil

    A super helpful well rounded and informative post!

    It got me very interested in getting a Yedoo. You mentioned the limited height adjustment. Do you mean it doesn’t go very high? I’m 6’4″, so trying to work out if there are any that are suitable without extra purchases.

    • Bex Band

      Thanks Phil! I’m 5’9 and found the Yedoo to be a good height for me. I think from 6foot though you might find it a bit too short. This is likely to be the case across all the kick scooters I tried so you might want to look into extendable options.

  6. Jeannie Hunter

    I would love to hear from any of the MUCH older generation who have actually used (still riding) something like this and your thoughts.

    • Bex Band

      Have you tried reaching out on Facebook groups for ‘scooterers’? I’ve spoken to a couple of older people who ride kick scooters so there is definitely a community out there 🙂

  7. Susan Philips

    I have a question. I am an old lady and know nothing about scooters. My son in law has a big wheeled scooter and he likes to put his 7 yr old daughter on the front of his scooter to ride rather than letting her ride with him on her own kid scooter. I say that it is made for one person and is very unsafe. He disagrees. Can you tell me if there is any literature saying that two can ride safely in one scooter? Thank you for responding.

    • Bex Band

      I’m not sure Susan – perhaps get in contact with the companies directly to find out.

  8. Robert Hardy-Pickering

    Hi, I have a big wheel kick bike (26” front 20” back) , I want to take it away for a staycation, but I can’t seem to find a suitable carrier to transport the scooter by /on the car. Any ideas of what type of carrier is best (roof or on the rear?)
    Great post, help and insightful for someone who’s definitely the other side of 65!!

  9. Meg

    Yedoo- please tell me these can be purchased in the US. So far I can’t find any dealer except one that carries only kids versions. I would love to find a Friday for my partner. We live in Florida. Thank you!

      • Meg

        Thank you! I’ll do that!

  10. kougy

    How many km (or miles) can be done per day with a kickbike like Yedoo? I want to make the tour of Europe with a scooter. A bicycle can do 50 to 100 km and even more per day depending on fitness and terrain etc. Can a scooter with large bike wheels do that? Thanks

    • Bex Band

      It can definitely cover the distance but will take you longer – at least double the time as you would spend on a bike. Most days we covered about 50km a day.
      It also depends greatly on how many hills are in your way as they will slow you down to walking pace. The biggest day we did was 80km and that was a killer!
      Sounds like a great adventure – good luck!

  11. Joe

    Great article thank you so much! I am hoping to scooter around NYC without spending too much on a scooter. I am trying to figure out if I can use a scooter with polyurethane wheels or is it going to be too bumpy/dangerous? If so is the Razor A5 Air the best portable air tire option?

    Thank you!

    • Bex Band

      I can’t advise as I’ve not travelled long distances on a scooter like this. I’d suggest doing some longer scoots and see how it fairs.

  12. Andy

    Great post. I currently ride both a Xootr Mg and Xootr Street, and they are great for city commuting.
    Have you ever used Xootr and what do you think of them?

    • Bex Band

      Thank you! I’ve not had a chance yet to ride a Xootr but it’s good to hear they are ideal for city commuting.

  13. Deep

    Thanks Bex. I started scooting in the past 3 months (in my 40s) and am keen now to try a long distance ‘micro adventure’. Do you have any links you can share for kick scooter clubs in Sydney or any kick scooter adventurers based in NSW?

    • Bex Band

      Amazing! I hope you have as much fun as I did. I don’t know of any. Although the best kind of adventures I think are the ones when you are the first so I hope this doesn’t put you off 🙂

  14. Ricardo

    Do you know of any hybrid models besides zumaround? I want a kick/push scooter because it is a good exercise but with a bit of battery help. My commute is 10-12km. It is too much for push scooter for everyday. I need a little battery assistance.

    • Bex Band

      I don’t – I think hybrid scooters are a fairly new concept.


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